Kelley Vlahos, a contributing editor for The American Conservative, discusses how the US’s permanent war footing has greatly enriched a new class of wealthy government employees, contractors, lawyers and political consultants living in luxury in the Washington DC metro area.
Steven Watt, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Human Rights Program, discusses the progress of a lawsuit by torture victims against the two psychologist CIA contractors, James Mitchell and John Jessen, who designed and profited handsomely from the agency’s brutal interrogation program implemented after 9/11.
Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, discusses how neo-Nazis infiltrated the Ukrainian government after the 2014 US-backed regime change; the Iraq reconstruction disaster after the 2003 US invasion; and why President Obama is helping stop 9/11 victims’ families from suing Saudi Arabia for sponsoring the attack.
Patrick Cockburn, journalist and author of Chaos and Caliphate, discusses the permanent stalemate within the Iraqi government; the incentive of national and rebel forces to exaggerate their numbers; and why the US can’t hope to win a war on terrorism without confronting their terror-supporting Middle Eastern allies.
John LaForge, editor of Nukewatch’s quarterly newsletter, discusses why the US nuclear arsenal should be cut drastically, especially Minuteman ICBMs that are more likely to start an accidental nuclear war than serve as a useful deterrent.
Karen Greenberg, the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, discusses why there is still no justice at Guantanamo Bay prison 15 years after 9/11; how the military commissions are delaying a resolution; and how federal trials for the 9/11 terrorist defendants will finally allow the country and the victims’ families to move on.
Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, discusses the radical differences between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on Israel-Palestine issues during the New York Democratic Presidential debate.
Peter Van Buren, a whistleblower on State Department waste and mismanagement in Iraq, discusses why Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is a big deal, and reveals enough about her judgement, leadership and character to show she is unfit to be the US President.
Malik Jalal, one of the leaders of the North Waziristan Peace Committee in Pakistan, discusses the many close calls he has had with drone missile strikes, and what it feels like to be targeted for death on the Obama administration’s “Kill List.”
Bronwyn Bruton, a democracy and governance specialist with extensive experience in Africa, discusses Somalia’s 23 years as a failed state since the “Black Hawk Down” Battle of Mogadishu, and why it’s time for the US government to take a new approach in denying Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups a safe-haven there.
Former Republican Congressman Ron Paul discusses US intervention in Ukraine and the Middle East; and why “free trade” agreements are nothing of the sort.
Joe Lauria, an independent journalist covering international affairs, discusses his firsthand account of the war against Islamic State from his vantage point in Erbil, Iraq; why the Western media won’t tell us the motives of terrorists attacking Europe; and the incredible danger posed by the badly-damaged Mosul dam.
Jim Lobe, founder of Lobelog.com, discusses the neoconservatives who have dominated US foreign policy for decades – who they are, and what their agenda is.
Andrew Bacevich, a retired Army colonel and bestselling author, discusses his new book America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History; and why the basic flawed premise of US foreign policy remains unchallenged by the Republican and Democrat presidential candidates.